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ESPN rates the Defensive Units

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by AnteaterCharger, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    And I can't believe it, we're #3; ahead of both the Pats and the Colts (the Packers and Cowboys rate higher then us).

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    4. San Diego Chargers
    The Chargers' defense is a talented unit anchored by three down linemen in the trenches. At 6-foot-2 and 350 pounds, NT Jamal Williams is one of the better defenders in the league when it comes to holding the point. Williams' strength and short-area quickness draw many double teams, which frees up other defenders. Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell's base 3-4 scheme also uses two underrated ends, Igor Olshansky and Jacques Cesaire. Olshansky shows great hand use and leverage as a run-defender, and is active as a pass-rusher.
    (Tennessee and New ENgland are both ahead of us)

    LB 2
    2. San Diego Chargers
    Like the Cowboys, the Chargers are led by their 3-4 outside linebackers. Shaun Phillips and Shawne Merriman have combined for 21 total sacks on the season, and both must be accounted for in pass protection on every snap. On the inside, Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm are above-average athletes who have tallied 108 and 97 tackles, respectively, on the season.
    (WTF? The COWBOYS are ahead of us?! Ellis and Ware are 'prototypical 3-4LBs? Uhhh okay)

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    7. San Diego Chargers
    The safeties are not flashy, but they are solid, and rookie Eric Weddle is a star-in-waiting. The real story, though, is CB Antonio Cromartie, who replaced Drayton Florence as a starter near the middle of the season. Cromartie has quickly turned into a special player and finished the regular season with a league-high 10 interceptions. Cromartie's athletic ability and natural playmaking skills are off the charts, and Florence has turned into a decent sub-package player.
    New England's ahead of us because of two people - Harrison and Samuel
    New England
    DL 2
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    Special Teams
    3. San Diego Chargers
    A good special teams unit begins with a good specialist, and the Chargers have just that. Kicker Nate Kaeding didn't have as many field goal attempts in the regular season as he has had in the past, but he still achieved an 87.5 percent efficiency rating. Punter Mike Scifres is averaging 46.4 yards per punt and has Pro Bowl special teamer Kassim Osgood as one of his gunners covering kicks.

    (Why the Pats are ahead of us I'll never know and frankly that pisses me off)
     
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  2. Showmeyourbolt

    Showmeyourbolt Well-Known Member

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    Can't say that I disagree with these ratings, other than I think that the defensive back unit that leads the league in interceptions could be a little bit higher.

    BTW, is anyone else REALLY excited to see the entire defense back on the field for really the first time all year? We have yet to see the starting defense, with a healthy and fresh Jamal, Shawne, and Luis, Cromartie snagging picks, and Weddle with increased playing time, all playing at the same time. I think that we shut the Titans down on Sunday:yes:
     
  3. RipTheJacker

    RipTheJacker Well-Known Member

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    I would take our DL (if healthy) over anyone

    Also, oue seconday lead the league in turnovers and over the past 8 weeks only allowed 2 QBs to throw for over 200 yards. They are MUCH better than 7th
     
  4. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    I think we’ll seen Vince Young laying motionless on the field for five minutes and then miraculously jump up and trot off of the field, again.
     
  5. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

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    :yes:

    Our DL is the best. Our secondary is certainly better than 7th.

    Over the last six weeks, our defense has allowed the fewest points in the league. With Luis healthy, Jamal rested and Weddle coming on strong, teams are going to have a very tough time scoring on us.
     
  6. Buck Melanoma

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    I know that I am. :tup:

    Now if we can keep DFlo & McCree from committing stupid penalties, we should smack the Tacks straight in the mouth!!! :yes:
     
  7. !~BOLT~!

    !~BOLT~! Well-Known Member

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    I'd have to disagree with our db rankings, and lb's, but moreso i would fight for our db's.
     
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  8. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    The D Line rating failed to mention Castillo, who is now back from injury and adds another dimension to the D Line. These stats don't look like they account for the latter part of the season.
     
  9. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    You know, if you told me last year that our secondary would go from lower level to top ten this year I'd do a back flip, but now I feel like we should be considered at least top three.
     
  10. maestro876

    maestro876 BoltTalker

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    Couldn't you say we are second, since GB and Dallas are tied?
     
  11. ntman68

    ntman68 Well-Known Member

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    I'm very impressed with the progress our secondary has made. What was once a liability can now be counted as a strength.
     
  12. Dublin Bolt

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    All because of the introduction of Cro......... and the benching of Flo. McCree has regressed terribly, make Weddle starter and the secondary improves again.
     
  13. sdchargeher

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    56-10 will be the score on sunday vs. the Tacks. I will be in plaza 25 row 1 seat 11.
     
  14. sdchargeher

    sdchargeher BoltTalker

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    I'm sorry but now is hardly the time for weddle to start. McCree is a vet and I expect him to step it up in the playoffs. Weddle will get his time in the post season but I really have fears of a rookie safety playing in the playoffs.
     
  15. Dublin Bolt

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    Sorry I didn't mean start him sunday I just mean sooner rather than later. They have been getting him reps in any event. The sharing of the position should continue in the playoffs and ultimately he will be the full timer.
     
  16. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

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    Here we go with the magical mystical playoff stuff again. Football is football. The playoffs are not that different from the regular season. Weddle has gotten close to half the snaps at McCree's position. I don't expect that to change because it's the playoffs.
     

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